This blog provides an informal forum for terrestrial invertebrate watchers to post recent sightings of interesting observations in the southern Vancouver Island region. Please send your sightings by email to Jeremy Tatum ( Be sure to include your name, phone number, the species name (common or scientific) of the invertebrate you saw, location, date, and number of individuals. If you have a photograph you are willing to share, please send it along. Click on the title above for an index of past sightings.The index is updated most days.

2021 July 16

2021 July 16


Message from Gordon Hart:

 Hello, Butterfly Counters,

Our July count period starts Saturday, July 17, and continues to Sunday July 25. This is an informal census of butterfly numbers and species in Greater Victoria. The area is defined by the Christmas Bird Count circle, extending from Victoria to Brentwood Bay and Island View Road in Central Saanich, and west to Happy Valley and Triangle Mountain, and Langford Lake and Goldstream areas.

You can submit a count any time over the count period, just use a separate form for each count and location. In the case of repeat or duplicate counts, I will use the higher numbers. To submit counts, please use the form from the VNHS website at

If you have difficulty with the form, just send me an email with the information.

hartgordon19 at gmail dot com

Thank-you for submitting your sightings and good luck with your count.


Gordon Hart,

Butterfly Count Coordinator,

Victoria Natural History Society


Corrigendum:  Jeremy Tatum writes:  I misidentified a moth on June 14.   See June 14 for details.


   Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

Elder Moth Zotheca tranquilla (Lep.: Noctuidae)  Jochen Möhr

Furcula scolopendrina (Lep.: Notodontidae)

Jochen Möhr



Cheryl Hoyle photographed this antlion in View Royal yesterday, July 15.  Thanks to Libby Avis for confirming the identification.


Antlion Myrmeleon exitialis (Neu.: Myrmeleontidae)  Cheryl Hoyle


Rosemary Jorna photographed this micro moth near Kemp Lake on July 15.  In spite of the excellent quality of the photograph, we can’t be certain of its exact identity – there are several similar and difficult species.  Libby Avis identifies it as being in the Subfamily Scopariinae.



Unidentified   (Lep.:  Crambidae – Scopariinae)  Rosemary Jorna


Thomas Barbin operated an ultraviolet light in the Highlands on the evening of June 12, and found an enormous haul of interesting moths.  For details, see